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A Slight Case of Murder (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 5 March 1938 (USA)
Former bootlegger Remy Marco has a slight problem with forclosing bankers, a prospective son-in-law, and four hard-to-explain corpses.

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Remy Marco, Prohibition beer baron, figures he'll do even better after repeal. Only trouble is, his beer tastes terrible. (He drinks no beer himself and nobody dares tell him). Four years later, when he's about bankrupt, he visits his summer home in Saratoga, complete with: 1) a dead-end-kid orphan; 2) his daughter's fiance...a state trooper!, 3) the bodies of four gangsters who planned to ambush Remy but had a shootout; 4) half a million in loot they hid in the house...just the amount Remy needs to get out of hock. The comic confusion mounts... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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High finance teaches a racketeer new tactics !

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Bare et lite mord  »

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The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 11 September 1935 and closed in October 1935 after 69 performances. The opening night cast included John Harrington as Remy Marco and Georgia Caine as Nora Marco. Future screen star 'José Ferrer (I)' played a Policeman. See more »

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The name of Robinson's character is spelled "Marko" throughout the movie on signs, on his beer, on his office door, and by the character himself, but the name is spelled "Marco" in the closing credits. See more »

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Nora Marco: It's that grab bag of yours again, Remy.
Remy Marco: Say he hadn't walked around in his bare feet.
Nora Marco: I think we should go up and slip him a Mickey Finn.
Remy Marco: Uh, uh. He's liable to create a taste for them. Marco will talk to him. You go up the front stairs and I'll go up the back.
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Version of Stop, You're Killing Me (1952) See more »

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Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Bernard Hanighen
Played offscreen on piano at the party while Remy and Nora are alone talking
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Edward G. Robinson at his best
2 November 1999 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

'A Slight Case of Murder' may never have been a very popular film. But it's full of weird, comic characters, and the extremely well written textbook brings out the very best of one of the greatest screen actors ever - Edward G. Robinson. The film gives you everything you expect from a sophisticated comedy of the Thirties, and I'll never forget when I - by chance - saw it first, on TV, about twenty years ago, along with my little sister, sitting on the sofa in the living room of our parent's house. When the film was over, we looked at each other, a bit helpless, unable to push a "backward"-button, and my sister said: "You know what. As far as I'm concerned, this film could have been going on for ever." And that was exactly what I felt.


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